Governor David A. Paterson today announced $253 million in affordable housing grants coming to New York through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Governor Paterson was the first Governor in the nation to suggest that funding for such housing projects be included in the economic recovery package signed into law earlier this year. These New York projects are the first housing projects in the U.S. to be awarded funding through the ARRA, and will allow for the preservation of existing affordable housing as well as the construction of new units.

The first nine projects that will receive financing include the rehabilitation of an 80-unit complex in Albany, a 388-unit Mitchell Lama complex in Syracuse, 20 three-bedroom homes in Rochester, and a YWCA Residence for Women in Westchester County. The ARRA included $2.25 billion for the Tax Credit Assistance Program (TCAP), which will help State housing agencies kick-start the production of stalled projects that rely on low-income housing tax credits. New York’s share will be $253 million and will be administered by the State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR). These first projects will create or rehabilitate nearly 1,400 units of affordable housing.